Hey everyone, this is my first build, so I want to know if it’s solid, or if there are any parts that won’t play nice with each other. Apologies in advance for the lengthy post, and the possibly dumb questions.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2-3 months, the sooner the better
Budget Range: Around $1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, HD emulation (PS2, Wii, Gamecube, N64, etc), audio/video editing, watching movies/videos, listening to music, internet surfing
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: Everything
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: N/A, I live in Mexico. Amazon and Newegg won’t ship those kinds of products here. Will be buying locally.
Parts Preferences: The MoBo should be able to take full advantage of the Intel Core i7-3770K processor.
SLI or Crossfire: Don’t think I need that at present.
Your Monitor Resolution: Haven’t decided on a monitor yet. I’d like one that supports something between 1440x900 and 1920x1200, but I’m not sure how big the monitor itself should be.
Reason for upgrading: My current computer is pretty old (probably around 7-8 yrs old). And it’s slow. Reeeeally damn slow. Not to mention incredibly noisy; when it’s on it’s like there’s an airport in my room.
Additional Comments: It should be a decent-looking rig, I don’t need it to be a tricked-out, flashy PC. At the same time it would be nice if it wasn’t an exceptionally crap-looking beige thing, and I do think the blue LED fans look cool. I’m looking for it to be quiet, as I’m gonna be recording audio in the future. A Firewire port would be a plus.
I haven’t chosen a case yet. From what I’ve seen, the Noctua cooler I’ve chosen is a pretty big unit, so I guess that with everything else I’m putting in there, I’m gonna need a decent-sized case for everything to fit, with enough space for any future hardware additions (for example, a sound card), and good airflow. Any recommendations for a case, or the approximate dimensions I would need, would be appreciated. I also want to know if I should have two case fans, and if they should be different sizes, or if I can stick to just two 120” fans, or two 200” fans (taking into consideration the case size and everything).
Parts list (all prices are from Amazon for reference) -